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Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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Jersey Summer Breakfast AleJersey Summer Breakfast Ale

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54 Reviews
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Reviews: 54
Hads: 132
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 22.61%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cricket Hill Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maddogruss on 06-04-2007

Our unfiltered Breakfast Ale is as fresh and full of flavor as a day down the shore! Fermented with Belgian ale yeast, this beer has a slightly tangy, fruity taste that pairs as well with bacon and eggs as it does with a back yard barbecue. Easy to drink with wonderful flavor, a combination that makes this beer a Summer favorite!

21 IBU
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Photo of metter98
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy dark golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruity esters are present in the nose along with notes of pale malts and candi sugars as well as some hints of Belgian yeast.
T: The taste seems to be a lot fruitier compared to the smell—apples and bananas seem to stand out in particular—and has slight hints of sweetness. Hints of yeast and spices are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink, and while the flavor is not very complex I agree with the label in that this would make a nice accompaniment to a breakfast of bacon and eggs.

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Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with an off-white, bubbly, one-finger head of foam. No lacing.

S - It smelled of clove, yeast and wheat. Also, a slightly nutty aroma.

T - It hits you with a good dose of clove and yeast. It had a sweet wheat flavor and touches of fruitiness.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. An easy drinking, light-bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty good tasting wheat ale. It didn't look impressive but it had good flavors.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured was nice enough with a hazy golden amber color, light with a touch of carbonation and a light haze about it. Small head of white rose up from the bottom to about an inch and settled down gently. Decent side glass lacing as well.

Nice light grain, touches of peach and light citrus hops. A hint of a light biscuit like touch and some light spices. Odd mix, but it worked a touch. The flavor was more of the same, light, smooth, crisp and clean, with a very easy sessionability to it. An easy drinker, the light hop profile followed along well and dried out the finish just enough for me. A bit light, but still very good. Nice use of light hops and not too heavy. I could see myself drinking this one again, no problem.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazed, orange-amber body with a medium-sized, suds, just off-white head that's gone fairly fast.

Smell: Aroma is lightly bready, slightly tart, and with a bit of ruptured fruits and spice.

Taste: Lightly bready, faintly grainy pale malts with a twinge of caramel, candyish sweetness, then a flash of rippling tartness, with a vague taste of apricot and peach juice. Tiny pinch of spice. Dried orange peel. Lightly bitter. Tartish, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: This brewery is not off to a rousing start with me. SBA just doesn't come together for me, flavorwise, remaining fairly noncohesive and an overall disappointment.

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Photo of mactrail
2.84/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dishwater with lots of bubbles.

Looks nice with big frothy head on hazy amber beer. Light body, cardboard scent. Coarse carbonation, but enough for an average mouth feel. Hint of sourness. Quite a touch of yeast but not much malt on the tongue. Some bitterness that fades away. Flavors are muted, dirty. The sour and bitter flavors are just not interesting or harmonious.

Has so little in common with average Belgian Pale Ales, and this is such a good style, I call it below average.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild 15th Annual Beer Festival, USS New Jersey, Camden, NJ

Poured a hazy orange-yellow with a small, delicate, white head. Yeasty aroma, bread, citrus, with a bit of funk. Pretty smooth actually, with a toasted bread taste, a bit of spice--clove and pepper--candi sugar, and some citrus coming in mid-drink. Light-medium body, and easily drinkable.

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Photo of russpowell
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from jcwattsrugger via jwc215, cheers to all!

Pours a hazed apricot with 3+ fingers of fluffy eggshell colored head. Average lacing & no head retention

S: Apple peels, coriander, white pepper & juicyfruit gum

T: Apple peels, a touch of grapefruit bitterness, some breadyness & cloves up front. Dryness, apple juice & cloves as this warms. Finishes fruitty with apple peel & grapefruitty hoppyness

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & a bit juicy

Drinks easy, a nice take on the style with some leaning towards hefeweizen

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Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy orangish/tan with a thin head that soon becomes a lasting patch.

The smell is of banana/clove with caramel candy. Biscuity sweetness. Smells like an American hefeweizen with a Belgian-like touch.

The taste is sweet with mild spiciness. Banana/clove follows through from the aroma, as does some biscuit. As it progresses, bubblegum/candy sweetness becomes more noticeable. Sweetness balanced more by spiciness than bitterness. Hops nearly undetectable, though the yeast does come through to give it some bready notes. It has a noticeable, refreshing wheat tang under all the sweetness.

LIght-to-medium bodied, the sweetness lingers but not too cloying.

This one is a bit too all-over-the-place - seems to lose its focus, with what could be complexities not quite meshing the way it could. Worth checking out, and interesting, it's too sweet and the different directions become a bit annoying as it progresses. Still, nothing particularly "bad" about it. I don't know that I would categorize this as an American Pale Wheat Ale - At brewery I was told it was "Belgian-style" and like I mentioned, it had hefeweizen characteristics. Interesting...

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jersey summer Breakfast Ale

Cricket Hill Brewery

12 ounce bottle, pours clear, light almond amber, under a long lasting light khaki head. Then leaving a thick collar and light sheeting. I'm getting honey and tropical fruits like melon in the sniff. Tasty enough summery ale. More tropical fruit, plenty of honey and a hint of peppermint in the finish. Works as a summer, easy drinking beer, or for that matter as a "breakfast ale". Certainly nothing earth shattering going on here, just a lighter, fruity, easy drinking ale.


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Photo of Gavage
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy golden yellow color a spotty head. Carbonation bubbles were slowly rising from the base of the glass.

Smell: yeast spiciness is all that is detectable.

Taste: yeast flavors are bold along with some citrus, green grapes, and some spiciness with some mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is very short.

Drinkability: I did not really enjoy the flavor profile here, and the yeast components seemed a bit bolder than expected. But one may find this quaffable.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from jcwattsrugger, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a hazy deep golden color with a decent sized but quickly fading bubbly white head, Sweet bready malt aroma mixed with a fair amount of light fruit and hints of spice. The flavor is sweet bready malt with a bit more yeasty flavors than the aroma suggested. Light citric tartness and fruit round us out nicely. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation. A bit fuller in body than I normally associate with a summer brew, but honestly I'd rather drink this!

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern in Allentown. This was a surprisingly delicious beer. I've never had such a good American-style wheat beer that relied so heavily on clean malts and subtle yeast character. In addition to the sweet, toasted wheat cracker taste, there were also mellow notes of pineapple, white grape, and orange in a beer that seems pretty straight forward. The most similar beer I've had is the Sam Adams Summer Ale, but this lacks the over-spicing of the Sam. This is a great summer session ale. I'm going to get more.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a cloudly yellow color, nice carbonation, small fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing hanging around. The nose is malty, yeasty/grassy, very slight spices. The taste is slightly sweet at first, malty, with a nice touch of yeast/grassy, very slight spice (I like that). Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew at all, Thanks Joe.

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Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky burnt orange hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a moderate yeast ester with some wheat spice.

The taste consisted of fruity and earthy esters with some citrus, soft candy sugar and chewy wheat malt.

The mouthfeel was moderately chewy.

Overall a tasty and refreshing Belgian inspired ale.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A feverishly strong fizzy effervesce shows within a translucent cadmium orange body. The head forms quickly to a 2 finger level but lapses rather quickly. Eggshell white, the spongy head leaves only a faint reminder of its presence with a few splashy lines for lace that was weak on the hold and coverage in relation to its initial size.

S: Moderate level of fresh green hopping, sets against some semi-dry orange peels. Overall the aroma lacks a distinguish-ability.

T: Spicy orange and toasted wheat malt is set against a orange and citrusy hopping that was lightly mild, but fresh and lingering bringing along with it a ok bit of zing. A touch of hefe-like yeastiness, semi-dry lemons rounds things out.

M: Zippy and sharp carbonation, medium full body and maltiness that was fluid with a creamy feel on hold. A fairly assertive hoppiness of orange and citrus flowers are left behind. The mouthful and body seem to be one of the better parts of the drink.

D/O: Don’t know how much of a breakfast drink, or summer drink this is, but as a Belgian pale it falls a bit more short. Limited appeal but could handle one or two. It drinks like it wants to be a hefe rather a Belgian pale and comes off as a average at best interpretation. Not bad, just not exciting and unworthy of comparison against a true Belgian pale or even a good American styled Belgian pale. Overall an average on the fence rating here.

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Photo of tone77
4.24/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden/ brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is absolutely bursting with fruit. Taste is also fruity, yeast, some spice, lots going on here. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall I was pleasently surprised with this beer. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle in a trade with jwc215. Thanks Joe!

It pours a cloudy orange with a 1 finger head of foam. Decent head retention and there's some lacing.

The smell has notes of peach, yeast, wheat, a touch of banana.

The taste is yeasty, has some peach, light banana, slightly spicy, a bit of citrus and some earthiness. Sounds interesting but the flavours don't work all that well together.

Light bodied with a medium level of carbonation, it finishes earthy and then goes all watery. Not bad but not something I would drink again.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A hazy golden yellow body with a huge fluffy head. Head rose quickly, forcing me to pour a few times while it went down. Moderate lacing and some tiny streams of bubbles.

Aroma is faint and lacking in overall complexity. Bread and yeast spiciness with some citrus hiding in there.

There is a bold yeast spiciness that is nicely welcome, but the rest of the body is a little lacking. Some lemon peel and toasted bread are also present.

Light bodied for sure with a faint lingering lemon aftertaste. Crisp and dry.

The drinkability is probably the best thing this beer has going for it however I was not overwhelmed by the flavor profile. Maybe on a really hot morning could I see this being a true breakfast ale.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11/1...see through clear copper, amber tints, low foam. Malty pils nose. Like an english pale or bitter. Funky yeast flavor, off center bitter wrapped around a traditional pale malt base. Little sweet pop at the close. An odd mix, takes some getting used to.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve ounce bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Pours a light orange hue with a minimal head that deposited a minor amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Mild, unassertive, wheat-laden aroma with hints of honey...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, replete with honey, wheat, and a crisp, clean finish perfect for a hot, Summer day with mild nuances of oranges and tangerines...
Good stuff...
Worth a try...

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Photo of CHickman
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy gold orange with a 1/2 inch creamy off white head; decent lacing that clings to the glass.

Smells of yeast, orange peel, coriander, lemon, wheat, grass, sweet malt, cinnamon, and spices like light pepper and light caramel. Pretty nice nose overall.

Tastes like it smells, with yeast, orange peel, coriander, lemon, wheat, grass, sweet malt and spices like light pepper and light caramel. Pretty well balanced with an overall sweet flavor for what seems to be a wheat beer, but is listed in BA as a Belgian Pale Ale classification. A decent brew, but the only knock is that it leaves a malty yeast taste that resembles a penny.

Mouthfeel is crisp and on the light side, with a medium body and a dry tingle that leaves a slight bitter pucker.

OK beer which went down easy, but not one I'd seek out again.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at the Beer Stop for around $2. Poured into my shaker glass. The ale appears a cloudy but bright golden amber color with about two fingers of off white foam. Nose and flavor are of wheat, citrus fruits, mainly oranges, sweet malts, yeast, lightly toasted bread, a hint of bananas and tingling spice. The ale is adequately carbonated with a crisp medium body. Worth trying.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to yankeepride for sending this one as an extra! Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Mildly hazy, deep gold to amber, with lots of visible carbonation. A finger and a half of white fluffy head forms, but fades fairly quickly.

S: Light citrus hops up front with some yeastiness, but a larger biscuit malt presence underneath. There's a metallic undertone here that may not bode well.

T: Nice biscuity malts up front, moderate toasted character. A nice hop bitterness comes in with some citrus and resinous flavor, but mostly bitterness. Some fruity Belgian yeasty esters (apple, mild banana) show up in the middle, and increase as the beer warms somewhat. As the malt sweetness takes back over, there is a metallic flavor just before and through the swallow. It doesn't overwhelm, but its presence frustrates the palate.

M: Full-bodied for style. Average carbonation sensation, although lower than the appearance suggested. Minimal alcohol presence.

O: There's nothing particularly offensive here, other than the frustrating metallic flavor. But nor is there anything to endear it to me. I would try it again, perhaps on tap, with the hope the metal is missing.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks! Poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: A hazy orange beer with yellow highlights around the edges. Minimal head and lacing, and tons of floaty hazy yeasties.

Aroma: Tuna fish? Plenty of earthy yeast notes, some light malt, cloves and other spices, citrus (both lemon and orange zest), bananas, and a medley of other light estery fruity notes - pears and peaches come to mind.

Taste: Rather dry but with some residual sweetness. A lot of complex, heavy candy sugar, some spicy leafy hops and other spice notes, peaches again. A lot of dirty earthiness in this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bubbled and medium-bodied, with less carbonation than I expected or would have liked. Even though.

Drinkability: Didn't care for this one too much - it seemed to have a split personality between an American wheat ale and a Belgian pale with none of the best characteristics of either. A few "off" notes as well, though, so perhaps it was a bad bottle.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I decided to give this a try since I never have been for breakfast and I wanted to see if this could fit the bill. I wasn't sure what this was categorically before I had and once I saw that this was a Belgian Pale Ale, it made a lot more sense, although I'm not sure now many people in Europe have a beer like this for breakfast!

The pour wasn't anything outstanding here - a translucent amber hue with some head and nearly no lacing to be seen. Mouthfeel's just a bit thin but certainly not weak. In terms of taste, there's the usual straw, clove, wheat, and just a hint of banana and plum here. The aftertaste is a mellow grassy sourness that subtly lingers and almost begs for something greasy to go with it. Is this where the eggs come in, sunny side up perhaps?

No one knows how strong this is and sure enough, I don't seem to mind either. Beers don't get much more easygoing than this but this doesn't fall into the "lawnmower" category. Rather, it's good on a nice warm evening and I"m sure it would fit the bill in the morning too, even as a meal unto itself. I wish there was a bit more carbonation here to lighten everything up, but this works fine on its own and serves as a nice addition to Cricket Hill's portfolio nevertheless.

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Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.